AMERICAN NOTES: A Counsel of Silence

The accelerating drive to impeach President Nixon poses an especially troubling problem for the man who may soon have to succeed him. For months, Gerald Ford has cautiously tried to walk what he called "a fine line." On the one hand, the Vice President has declared that the evidence was insufficient for impeachment; on the other, he has urged Nixon to turn over all subpoenaed tapes and documents. After the Judiciary Committee vote, however, Ford declared that the vote was "partisan," and insisted that "the President was right."

By instinct, Ford would like to continue speaking out in defense...

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